WSOP 2008 Event #49, $1,500 No Limit Hold'em, Final Results and Report

WSOP 2008 Event #49, $1,500 No Limit Hold'em, Final Results and Report

Number of Entries: 2,718
Number of Re-Buys: NA
Total Net Prize Pool: $ 3,710,070
June 28-30, 2008

Final Results

1 J.C. Tran $631,170 Sacramento California
2 Rasmus Nielsen $389,557 Copenhagen Denmark
3 John Conroy $278,255 Dublin Ireland
4 Peter Nguyen $233,734 Tustin California
5 Joe Pelton $191,068 Irvine California
6 Chad Siu $150,257 Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
7 Jesper Hoog $113,157 Stockholm Sweden
8 Robert Kalb $85,331 Offenbach Germany
9 Christoph Kohnen $58,248 Moers Germany
10 Anderson Silva $36,729 Norwich Connecticut
11 Kevin Nathan $36,729 Roseville California
12 Jason Moungey $36,729 Foster City California
13 Brett Switzer $29,309 Athens Georgia
14 Parviz Razavian $29,309 Claremont California
15 Steven Pierce $29,309 Manassas Virginia
16 Paul Kim $21,889 Los Angeles California
17 Karen Manfrede $21,889 Santa Monica California
18 Dominique Degott $21,889    
19 Tuan Vu $17,437 Las Vegas Nevada
20 Kirby Brewer $17,437 Imperial Missouri
21 David Tran $17,437 El Monte California
22 Neil Deutsch $17,437 New York City New York
23 Augusto Cavazzini $17,437 Forte del Marmi Italy
24 Kevin Brown $17,437 Los Angeles California
25 Men Nguyen $17,437 Bell Gardens California
26 David Pham $17,437 Cerritos California
27 Andrew Black $17,437 Dublin Ireland
28 Jonathan Friedberg $13,727 Las Vegas Nevada
29 Michael Lam $13,727 Toronto Ontario, Canada
30 Matthew Matros $13,727 Brooklyn New York
31 Hevad Khan $13,727 Poughkeepsie New York
32 Young Phan $13,727 Garden Grove California
33 Gregory Alexander $13,727 Las Vegas Nevada
34 Kristy Gazes $13,727 Van Nuys California
35 Vivek Rajkumar $13,727 Seattle Washington
36 Jun Yan $13,727 Irvine California
37 Christopher Drake $10,759 Leavenworth Kansas
38 Shane Pacheco $10,759 Tahoe Vista California
39 Cameron Wiley $10,759 Plainfield Illinois
40 Jianhuan Chen $10,759 Cambridge Massachusetts
41 Manelic Minaya $10,759 Tampa Florida
42 Micah Raskin $10,759 Old Westbury New York
43 Neil Channing $10,759 Maida Vale London
44 Keith Johnson $10,759 Post Falls Idaho
45 Gerry Kane $10,759   Scotland
46 Frank Nichols $9,646 Santa Ana California
47 Alarie Gabriel $9,646 Montreal Quebec, Canada
48 Joshua Pollock $9,646 Silver Springs Maryland
49 Paul Nobles $9,646 Eagan Minnesota
50 Christopher Viox $9,646 Glen Carbon Illinois
51 Jonathan Sarkisian $9,646 San Diego California
52 Andrew Garza $9,646 Phoenix Arizona
53 Jody Mitchell $9,646 East Wenatchee Washington
54 Nancy Todd Tyner $9,646 Las Vegas Nevada
55 Van Nguyen $8,533 Westminster California
56 Tim Wiegand $8,533    
57 Jeffrey Bajalieh $8,533 Birmingham Alabama
58 John Green $8,533 Biggin Hill England
59 Greg Mueller $8,533 Bamberger Germany
60 Robert Vecchio $8,533 Mission Texas
61 Timothy Krauswkopf $8,533 Downers Grove Illinois
62 Chris Skoldberg $8,533 Hauppauge New York
63 Laith Salem $8,533 San Diego California
64 Rickey Ribble $7,420 Meridian Idaho
65 Fergal Nealon $7,420  
66 Andrew Fields $7,420 Tiverton Ontario, Canada
67 Jeffrey Kent $7,420 Chula Vista California
68 Steven Schaet $7,420 Davie Florida
69 Paul Kershaw $7,420   United Kingdom
70 Thomas Culberson $7,420 Ellisville Mississippi
71 Todd Lundwall $7,420 Scottsdale Arizona
72 Taylor Douglas $7,420 Athens Georgia
73 Xiao Dong Deng $6,307 Edmonton Alberta, Canada
74 Joseph James $6,307 Willow Creek California
75 Bradford Jensen $6,307 Fremont California
76 Michael Katz $6,307 Manalapan New Jersey
77 Bradley Anderson $6,307 Fresno California
78 Antoon Kleijnen $6,307 Amsterdam Netherlands
79 Peter Hansson $6,307 Hagersten Sweden
80 Timothy Croston $6,307 Los Angeles California
81 Gregory Wagner $6,307 Redding California
82 Sherif Zaher $5,565 Sacramento California
83 Lawrence Marshall $5,565 Helena Montana
84 Jeff Cohen $5,565 Rye New Hampshire
85 Trieu Hong $5,565 Markham Ontario, Canada
86 Stan Jablonski $5,565 Henderson Nevada
87 Alexandre Schwab $5,565 Belmont Australia
88 Carlos Fernandez $5,565 Sunny Isle Beach Florida
89 Joseph Chee $5,565 Las Vegas Nevada
90 Robert Karr $5,565 Mission Viejo California
91 Kevin Dwyer $4,823 Vacaville California
92 David Bass $4,823 Fayetteville Arkansas
93 Yury Kobtsev $4,823 Russihtver Russia
94 Gerald Reed $4,823 Palo Alto California
95 Matthew Heintschel $4,823 Escondido California
96 Steven Josephsen $4,823 Granite Falls Washington
97 Jeffrey Bragalone $4,823 Dallas Texas
98 Brian Cousineau $4,823 Roseville California
99 Mark Rubin $4,823 Avondale Arizona
100 Jason Smith $4,081 Chandler Arizona
101 Kekoa Ynigues $4,081 Kailua-Kona Hawaii
102 Daniel Cole $4,081 San Antonio Texas
103 Michael Rausa $4,081 Carlsbad California
104 Jeffrie Charlton $4,081  
105 Eugene Todd $4,081 Brooklyn New York
106 Andrew Teng $4,081 London England
107 Thomas Mccormick $4,081 Fargo North Dakota
108 Russell Davies $4,081 San Francisco California
109 Keith Wintermans $4,081 Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
110 Talal Shakerchi $4,081 Esher England
111 Matthew Alexander $4,081 Robbinsdale Minnesota
112 Theos Rippis $4,081 Newtown Australia
113 Phillip Vankuiken $4,081 Palos Heights Illinois
114 Mark Sloane $4,081 Woodstock England
115 Jan Tapken $4,081 Bochum Germany
116 David Taylor $4,081 Amelia Ohio
117 Allan Bieler $4,081 Plantation Florida
118 Gregg Merkow $4,081 Plano Texas
119 Richard Schwartz $4,081 Las Vegas Nevada
120 Giovanni Nervo $4,081 Rome Italy
121 Eugene Bauerlein $4,081 St Petersburg Florida
122 Jesus Acosta $4,081   Venezuela
123 Badei Khoury $4,081 Newport Beach California
124 Savvas Zenonos $4,081   Australia
125 Michael Krueger $4,081 Covington Georgia
126 Randy Abraham $4,081 San Ramon California
127 Michael Allis $3,524 Lancaster California
128 Chad Boehnke $3,524 Marietta Minnesota
129 Philip Hall $3,524 Kemah Texas
130 Magnus Persson $3,524 Gothenburg Sweden
131 Wayne Lovelady $3,524 Madera California
132 Michael Capobianco $3,524 Irving California
133 Christoph Torina $3,524 Debary Florida
134 John Murphy $3,524 Walnut Creek California
135 Kashif Aleem $3,524 Katy Texas
136 Sean Deacon $3,524 Tempe Arizona
137 William Shalhoob $3,524 Mandan North Dakota
138 Douglas Kim $3,524 Hartsdale New York
139 Roscoe Derrod $3,524 Chula Vista California
140 Karan Radia $3,524 London England
141 Dung Nguyen $3,524 Wichita Kansas
142 Brennan Benglis $3,524 Lake Charles Louisiana
143 Brian Friesen $3,524 Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada
144 Gerald Lauderman $3,524 Suwanee Georgia
145 Lander Valdez $3,524 Lima Peru
146 Tingjian Xiang $3,524 Thousand Oaks California
147 Walter Hunt $3,524 Playa Del Rey California
148 Delmer Helvie $3,524 Fort Wayne Indiana
149 Steven Karp $3,524 North Miami Beach Florida
150 Carl Dahl $3,524 Goteborg Sweden
151 Vaughn Willanger $3,524 Duvall Washington
152 Logan Raskin $3,524 North Hollywood California
153 Jorge Rodriguez $3,524 Las Vegas Nevada
154 Michael Trivisonno $3,524 Lyndhurst Ohio
155 Warren Watson $3,524 New Brighton Minnesota
156 Erik Aiken $3,524 Dayton Ohio
157 Steven Pilc $3,524 San Francisco California
158 Stephen Plache $3,524 Manhattan Beach California
159 Paul Balzano $3,524 Sunrise Florida
160 Ian Nelson $3,524 St Helens England
161 V Pinnamaneni $3,524 Westfield Indiana
162 Julien Pouchain $3,524 Tarrascon Spain
163 Silvio Formica $3,153 Las Vegas Nevada
164 Emanuel Seal $3,153 Adelaide Australia
165 Christopher Polster $3,153 Henderson Nevada
166 Michael Labonte $3,153 Richfield Wisconsin
167 Nicholas Leupold $3,153 Ponte Verda Beach Florida
168 Jack Sumner $3,153 St Augustine Florida
169 Alejandro Mangemendivil $3,153 Tucson Arizona
170 Kenneth Duggan $3,153 Corona California
171 Ilya Ochakovsky $3,153 Oakland Gardens New York
172 Patrick Ricci $3,153 Saratoga Spgs New York
173 Michael Herrera $3,153 Fresno California
174 Steven Goosen $3,153 Abbotsford British Columbia, Canada
175 Simon Persson $3,153 Gothenburg Sweden
176 Ricardo Cubas $3,153 Brasilia Brazil
177 Christopher Howard $3,153 Hampshire England
178 Robert Karr $3,153 Diamond Bar California
179 Adrian Ridner $3,153  
180 Jeremy Armstrong $3,153 Beverly Hills California
181 Ayaz Mahmood $3,153 Houston Texas
182 Alexander Case $3,153 San Mateo California
183 Patrick Enright $3,153 Mississauga Ontario
184 Declan Meagher $3,153 Lucan Ireland
185 Raymond Bonavida $3,153 Redondo Beach California
186 Joshua Richardson $3,153 South Jordan Utah
187 Brandon Gerstein $3,153 Tallahassee Florida
188 Tye Johnson $3,153 Spring Texas
189 Gilles Sourd $3,153 Bagnolet France
190 Benjamin Gilbert $3,153 Studio City California
191 Michael Roth $3,153  
192 Scott Shafer $3,153 Lewisville Texas
193 Tyron Krost $3,153  
194 Mitchell Siegel $3,153 Phoenix Arizona
195 Jeremiah Degreef $3,153 Grovetown Georgia
196 Dale Cebula $3,153 Mosinee Wisconsin
197 Michael Bavonese $3,153 North Wales Pennsylvania
198 Matthew Berkey $3,153 Las Vegas Nevada
199 Adam Hudson $2,968 Highlands Ranch Colorado
200 Anthony Ohagan $2,968 Warrington England
201 Jonathan Gumapas $2,968 San Diego California
202 Greg Silverstein $2,968 Davie Florida
203 Dwayne Heide $2,968 Killeen Texas
204 Galeno Suarez $2,968 Sherman Oaks California
205 Eric Newsham $2,968 Encinitas California
206 Paul Losino $2,968 Simi Valley California
207 David Chicotsky $2,968 Fort Worth Texas
208 Paul Harper $2,968 Glen Rose Texas
209 Nicholas Hill $2,968 Phoenix Arizona
210 Michael Racich $2,968 Stamford Connecticut
211 Jared Okun $2,968 Las Vegas Nevada
212 Daniel Spear $2,968 Las Vegas Nevada
213 Eiji Matsumura $2,968 Kawasaki Kanagawa Japan
214 James Forsythe $2,968 Clovis California
215 Gunter Wagner $2,968 Muelheim Germany
216 Guido De Bruijn $2,968 Amsterdam Holland
217 David Leighton $2,968 Sherman Oaks California
218 David Morrison $2,968 Victoria British Columbia, Canada
219 Paul Keesey $2,968 Huntington Beach California
220 Ronald Haeri $2,968 La Jolla California
221 Jess Dioquino $2,968 San Francisco California
222 Steven Landfish $2,968 St Albans Vermont
223 Leroy Duran $2,968 Sun City Arizona
224 Andrew Fisher $2,968 Harrisburg Pennsylvania
225 Kevin Hale $2,968 Eureka California
226 Richard Guenther $2,968 Tucson Arizona
227 Brady Holiman $2,968 Mabank Texas
228 Jay Serion $2,968 Seattle Washington
229 Fawz Bennis $2,968 Los Angeles California
230 Jeff Madsen $2,968 Las Vegas Nevada
231 Jacob Jensen $2,968 Borkop Denmark
232 Avelyn Navarro $2,968 San Diego California
233 Bernard Compton $2,968 Ypsilanti Michigan
234 Marco Naschberger $2,968 Kundl Austria
235 Charles Lunn $2,782 Toccoa Georgia
236 Mohamed Ahmedin $2,782 San Jose California
237 Steve Russell $2,782 Coolville Ohio
238 Christopher Hammond $2,782 Downingtown Pennsylvania
239 Steven Etoch $2,782 Prospect Kentucky
240 Daniel Doyle $2,782 Baltimore Maryland
241 Timothy Woolston $2,782 Anchorage Arkansas
242 Bruce Simberg $2,782 Boca Raton Florida
243 Heather Schuchaskie $2,782 Lansing Michigan
244 Dennis Maurer $2,782 Chagrin Falls Ohio
245 William Soffin $2,782 Delray Beach Florida
246 Jamie Mills $2,782 Winchester Kentucky
247 Edmund Chui $2,782 San Leandrd California
248 Brian Willis $2,782 Wayne New Jersey
249 Stuart Marshak $2,782 Chicago Illinois
250 Robert Sweeney $2,782 Denver Colorado
251 Holly Dyas $2,782 Bothell Washington
252 Alexander Maria $2,782 Los Angeles California
253 Darren Grant $2,782 Toronto Ontario, Canada
254 Michael Saunders $2,782 Madison Wisconsin
255 Shannon Pratt $2,782 Salem Oregon
256 Barry Earnshaw $2,782 Essex England
257 Douglas Carli $2,782 Alliance Ohio
258 Sean Harkin $2,782 Missoula Montana
259 Adrian Gathright $2,782 Austin Texas
260 Michael Laing $2,782 Las Vegas Nevada
261 Richard Hattaway $2,782 Gilroy California
262 Benjamin Story $2,782 Leighton Buzzard United Kingdom
263 Joseph Patam $2,782 Downey California
264 Krishnadev Telikicherla $2,782 Berkeley California
265 James Warring $2,782 Rockville Maryland
266 Michael Marquez $2,782 El Paso Texas
267 Justin Foster $2,782 Homewood Illinois
268 Jon Jiles $2,782 Las Vegas Nevada
269 Charles Leonard $2,782 Carson City Nevada
270 Byrne Dove $2,782 Mckinleyville California

Tournament Notes

The $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em championship (Event #49) attracted another huge field as 2,718 entries created a prize pool totaling $3,710,070. The top 270 finishers collected prize money.

There are 25 No-Limit Hold’em events on this year’s schedule. This was the sixth of seven $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournaments on the schedule.


The tournament was played over three consecutive days. The final table was played on the main stage and was covered by Bluff Media for live broadcast on ESPN360.com.

Last year’s champion for the event on the corresponding date was Chandrasekhar Billavara, from San Francisco, CA. He entered this event but did not cash. So far, 48 of 49 defending champions at this year’s WSOP have failed to cash in their respective events. Blair Rodman was the lone exception.

The $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em champion is the experienced poker tournament veteran J.C. Tran. He is a full-time professional poker player from Sacramento, CA.

Tran is part of a small group of professional players who came into this year’s WSOP who had accomplished just about everything possible in poker except winning a gold bracelet. That short list included Erick Lindgren, David Singer, John Phan, and others (all of whom enjoyed breakthrough victories in 2008). Many would place J.C. Tran amongst that respected group, and his victory in this event is yet another validation that this is the year when so many deserving players have finally won poker’s most coveted prize.

Tran was born in Vietnam.

He earned a degree in Information Management from California State University.

Tran is a huge fan of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. He normally wears Kings’ regalia at the poker table. However, Tran has been wearing New York Yankees gear in recent months.

Tran won $631,170 for first place. This was his first WSOP gold bracelet. This was his 22nd time to cash at the WSOP – all since 2004.

The second-place finisher was Rasmus Nielsen, from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Six different nations were represented at the final table, including Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, and the United States.

Former WSOP gold bracelet winners who cashed in this event included Men “the Master” Nguyen (25th), David Pham, Jon Friedberg (28th), Jeff Madsen (230th), and Mike Laing (260th).

Nguyen’s finish was his 61st career WSOP cash, which ranks second on the all-time list.

Micah Raskin was the chip leader at the End of Day One in this event. He finished in 42nd place. Through Event #49, the End of Day One chip leaders have gone on to cash 77 percent of the time -- 36 of 47 occasions (the chip leader was not applicable on two events). Only twelve of these same 49 chip leaders (24 percent) made it to the final table. Only one chip leader went on to win the event. That lone wire-to-wire winner was Vanessa Selbst in Event #19.

Ramus Nielsen was the chip leader at the start of this final table. He ended up as the runner-up. Through Event #49, eighteen of 47 chip leaders at the start of the final table (38 percent) went on to win the event. Twenty-eight of 47 chip leaders (60 percent) went on to finish in the top three spots. Two events did not have a chip leader (Heads-Up and Shootout tournaments).

Winner J.C. Tran is officially listed as being from Sacramento, CA. Through the conclusion of Event #49 at this year’s World Series of Poker, the gold bracelet count by nations and states reads as follows:
12 – Nevada
8 – California
4 – New York
3—Canada
3 – Germany
2 – Italy
2 – Missouri
1 – Arizona
1 – Belgium
1 – Brazil
1 – Denmark
1 – Florida
1 – France
1 – Georgia
1 – Holland
1 – Maryland
1 – Michigan
1 – Ohio
1 – Pennsylvania
1 – Russia
1 – South Carolina
1 – Wisconsin

Ten different nations have produced a gold bracelet winner at this year’s WSOP. This list now includes Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Russia, and the United States.

The Event #49 winner J.C. Tran is to be classified as a professional player. He has been playing full-time for several years and has cashed in many major tournaments. Accordingly, the “Pro-Am” gold bracelet scoreboard currently reads:
Professionals – 36 wins
Amateurs -- 11 wins
Semi-Pros -- 2 wins

Erick Lindgren now leads the “Player of the Year” race (through the end of Event #49). Barry Greenstein, Jacobo Fernandez, David Benyamine, and John Phan are close behind, For a complete updated points list, see: http://www.worldseriesofpoker.com/players/2008.asp?sort=poypts

Scotty Nguyen is now the leader on the 2008 prize money list, having won the most money at the WSOP, to date. His accrued winnings total $2,039,628.

Through the conclusion of Event #51, the total amount of prize money awarded at the WSOP totals $111,115,333. This is more than last year’s prize pool at this same time last year.